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Fuel Facts

Fuel economy is one of those buzzwords surrounding the purchase of a vehicle. And while fuel efficiency is important, what is often overlooked is fuel grade and type. Most cars still run on gasoline today, but there are other alternatives available on the market. We’ve broken down several to help inform your driving experience.

Octane Breakdown

Have you ever been at the gas pump, looked at the choices in front of you and wondered if you’re picking the right one for your vehicle? If you’re not a car enthusiast or someone who dabbles in car hobbies, all gas options may seem like a no-brainer. You pick Regular, Mid Grade or Premium. Most drivers base their decision on price, and choose Regular. But, is that really the best option for your car? Will choosing premium help your car run more efficiently and burn cleaner? It’s not always that simple. First, let’s break down what the different options mean.

To Protect Your Car, Stop Doing These 4 Things!

If your car is seeing some abnormal wear and tear, it could be your driving habits that are to blame. Here are four common bad habits to stop doing right now. Playing gas tank chicken. If you repeatedly let your light shine--the gas tank empty light that is--you could be ruining your fuel tank. Your fuel pump is meant to regulate the pressure within the tank, which enables your sensors to know how much fuel is present. It’s meant to be immersed in fuel, so when you routinely let your gas tank run low, it can cause the pump to overheat. Over time, the constant overheating can cause damage to your pump. Not checking your tire pressure. New vehicles have Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems which alert you of low pressure. However, even if your pressure light does not come on, you should make it a habit to routinely check your tire pressure. Tire pressure variance can cause damage even before it hits the TPMS threshold. Neglecting your parking brake. Even if your car is an automatic, you still should make it a habit to use your parking brake. Putting your car in park requires your parking pawl to engage. It disengages the transmission’s output. Tons of added pressure are put on the parking pawl when the parking brake is not engaged to immobilize the wheels and remove the added pressure. This is especially dangerous on an incline. Get into a habit of engaging your parking brake even when you are not on an incline to protect your transmission. Being too shifty. Are you routinely shifting gears without coming to a complete stop? This is a common habit especially when shifting to reverse from drive and vice versa. This puts added wear and tear on your drivetrain components, as well as your transmission. Driving your car with these bad habits could mean unnecessary wear and premature aging of your vehicle. Protect the integrity of your car by correcting these habits and you’re sure to keep your vehicle happy and on the road much longer!

Is Ridesharing for You?

Carpooling has evolved since it first became popular in the 1970s after president Nixon signed the Emergency Energy Highway Conservation Act. Meant to cut emissions on a national level, there was even funding available for carpooling or ridesharing initiatives. In the 60 plus years since the advent of ridesharing, it has only gotten better.

Pros and Cons to Driving Electric

Electric vehicle popularity is soaring worldwide because of its reputation of environmental friendliness. The crew at Collierville Auto Center are behind electric vehicles and anything that could have a positive impact on our environment. However, we also believe that you should buy the best vehicle for your needs. So, before you buy electric, consider these pros and cons:

Tips that will Extend the Life of Your Tires

How to get the most out of your tires  We’re not treading lightly on this topic because no one wants to buy a new set of tires before they have to! Not only does buying new tires put a serious dent in the wallet, but not buying them when you need them could be a major safety hazard. Don’t fret! We’ve got you covered.

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